StartupWeekend Space: Bremen

    Friday, April 10 - 12, 2015

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StartupWeekend Space: Bremen

Friday, April 10 - 12, 2015

Friday, April 10 - 12, 2015
Event starts at 8:30 am

BITZ Bremer Innovations- und Technologiezentrum
Fahrenheitstraße 1
Bremen, Germany 28359

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Do you want to be a SPACE entrepreneur?

On April 10-12th 2015, we invite you to join us over an extended weekend in Bremen where you will form teams, formulate space ideas, work intensively on them and finally pitch them to a panel of judges and investors. You will be supported by leaders in the global space community: Entrepreneurs, academics, policy experts and business leaders. They will mentor you and guide you through these intense three days, making sure your idea will translate into actual businesses.

But I am not a space engineer or scientist, how can I contribute?
Innovation is not possible without outside influence. Success in the space sector hinges on the input from all disciplines. If you are an artist, marketer, planner, programmer, lawyer, economist or educator, you too have a role. Join us in shaping the future of  the most challenging, rewarding and fundamentally important industry possible!

It sounds great! Why haven’t I heard about this before?
StartupWeekend Space is the first event of its kind in Europe! We feel that the commercial space sector is stagnant and conservative. We want to enable the broader public to shake it up a bit, to bring in some new faces to town!

I love it. But I don’t have an idea!
It’s not just about the idea, it’s about the team! Teams are formed around top ideas pitched on the first day, so you can contribute your expertise and experience to the business idea that inspires you most. Everyone counts at StartupWeekend Space!

Great, where can I find more information?
Check out our blog and social media outlets below for news and announcements:
Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Youtube, Google+

We have reserved rooms from the 7THINGS – my basic hotel in Bremen, and have secured a special price for participants of 59€/night for a single room. The discount code for participants to receive this offer will be sent following successful registration, and is valid until the 2nd March 2015.

7THINGS is in close proximity to the event venue. BITZ can be reached from the hotel in approximately 2 minutes by foot. It is also convenient to public transport, and free parking is available. Wifi is also available free of charge. Note that breakfast at the hotel will not be included, as it will be provided on-site at the StartupWeekend Space event on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You are welcome to use the hotel’s breakfast buffet, at an additional personal cost of 6.50€ per day.

We are organizing tours to the various aerospace facilities in Bremen on Friday April 10th. In order to secure a spot on this tour, latest date to register is 31 March 2015. This is due to security requirements of the facilities.

About Startup Weekend
Startup Weekend is a global grassroot movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest global community of passionate entrepreneurs; as of November 2014, 1,900 events have been held, involving over 150,000 entrepreneurs across more than 500 cities in over 127 countries and over 10,000 startups have been created.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 500 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long events to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

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Friday April 10th

8:30 am
Arrive at the venue, get checked in, eat breakfast and mingle

10:00 am
Hear a welcome speech, review agenda, and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

10:30 am
Keynote Speech
Hear inspirational talk from key industry leaders

11:50 am
Lunch and Tour
Tour the space companies and facilities in Bremen. Lunch included!

2:30 pm
Fundamental Workshops
Learn key skills in space policy and law, lean startups, and space applications

3:30 pm
Participant Driven Workshops
Share your own skills and experiences with your fellow participants

4:15 pm
Coffee Break & Networking
Discuss what you've learned in the workshop with your fellow participants and eat cake!

4:45 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your 60 second pitch

6:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

7:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

7:30 pm
Hear a speaker during dinner

9:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as you wish

Saturday April 11th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

11:30 am
Optional Workshop
Learn about communication, teamwork and leadership

12:30 pm

1:30 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

4:00 pm
Optional Workshop
Learn about financial and non-financial support for space ventures

7:00 pm
Hear a speaker during dinner

8:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as you wish

Sunday April 12th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Check-in, status reports, call for help

12:30 pm

1:30 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm
Final Presentations
Five minute pitches to judge panel

7:00 pm
Celebrate the accomplishments while the judges contemplate on the winners

7:45 pm
Winner Announcement

8:00 pm

8:30 pm
Go Home!
Or go for afterparty in the city!


Frank Maximilian Salzgeber
Head of Technology Transfer Programme Office at European Space Agency

Frank M. Salzgeber is Head of the Technology Transfer Programme Office of the European Space Agency (ESA). Prior this post he was the Head of Commercial Development in European Astronaut Department of the Directorate of Human Spaceflight Microgravity and Exploration at the European Space Agency (ESA). The first 7 years of his career he spent at Apple Computer and in 2000 he founded his first start-up, which later was merged with a publicly traded company. In the past 8 years, Mr. Salzgeber has supported more than 300 start-up companies and enabled 150 technology transfers. His start-up programme was taken over by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the CERN research center in Geneva and recently by AIRBUS. Mr. Salzgeber advises start-ups, industrial companies, venture capital funds, universities and research institutions. Mr. Salzgeber is an inspiring speaker in the areas of open innovation, technology trends, Industry 4.0 and start-ups.

José Mariano López-Urdiales
Founder & CEO of Zero2Infinity

In 2009 he founded Zero2Infinity in Barcelona, Spain; its maiden vehicle is bloon, a stratospheric balloon that will allow people to fly to Near-Space. Thanks to his astronomer father, he has been in close contact with space missions ever since he was a child. He graduated in Aeronautical Engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, and since then has been involved in a host of cutting-edge projects such as building and flying microgravity payloads for the European Space Agency in the Netherlands, airline strategy for the Boston Consulting Group, rocket science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Ariane 5 Evolution Space launcher, advanced Air Traffic Management for Boeing “Phantom Works”, or orchestrating a regional aerospace development plan as the Manager of the Barcelona Aeronautics and Space Association from 2006 to 2009. He lectured in Space Vehicles at the Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña.

Chris Boshuizen
Co-Founder & CTO of Planet Labs, Inc.

Chris Boshuizen is Co-Founder and CTO of Planet Labs. Prior to Planet, Chris was a Space Mission Architect at NASA Ames Research Center, where he co-created the PhoneSat Project – PhoneSat was the cheapest and fastest built spacecraft at NASA – and lead multiple partnership projects between NASA and private space exploration companies. Prior to NASA, Chris was appointed Interim executive Director of Singularity University, coordinated the founding of the University and raised over $2.5 million of initial funding from Silicon Valley sources. In 2014 Chris was awarded the Advance Global Award as Expatriate Australian of the Year. Chris received his Ph.D. in Physics and Bachelors of Science with Honours from the University of Sydney.

Christopher Stott
Founder, Chairman, and CEO of ManSat

Christopher Stott is the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of ManSat, the world’s leading orbital filing company, and originator of the SpaceIsle marketing and branding concept for the Isle of Man.  He has served as the Isle of Man Government’s Honorary Representative to the Space Community since 2003.  He is the current President and in coming Chair of the Society of Satellite Professionals International ( Chris brings over two decades of experience in space markets working with the Boeing Company in the Delta launch vehicle program, and Lockheed Martin in Space Operations. Chris was also a founding director of the International Institute of Space Commerce and serves on the Institute’s Board today. Chris attended the University of Kent, Canterbury where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honors in American Studies, Politics and Government. While at Canterbury, Chris also studied at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and the Scripps Institute of Oceanography where he received a Diploma for his studies in International Relations and Maritime Policy. Chris holds his Masters Degree in Space Sciences from the International Space University, having graduated from the first class of ISU's Masters program in Strasbourg in 1996.

Martin Günthner
Minister of Economic Affair, Labour, and Ports of Bremen

Martin Günthner is the Minister of Economic Affair, Labour and Ports as well as the Minister of Justice and Constitution of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen. Throughout the years as a member of the Bremische Bürgerschaft, the parliament of the City-State of Bremen, Martin has held the position of the Chairman of the Port Committee. After attending the Bürgermeister-Smidt School in Bremerhaven, he went on to study cultural history of Eastern Europe at the University of Bremen. He then studied public relations in Heidelberg and graduated as a PR-Advisor (DPRG) and worked as a self-employed communications consultant.

Tom Segert
Co-Founder of Berlin Space Technologies GmbH

Tom is one of the founders of Berlin Space Technologies (BST); responsible for strategy and business development. BST is one of the five commercial companies in Germany that have the capability to build complete satellite systems and one of three that currently do. Prior the founding of BST in 2010 he has worked 5 years as cluster manager and speaker for the space industry network in Germany’s capital region (RiBB) and before that 3 years as project manager for space projects at TUB. In the last decade Tom has successfully challenged long held business paradigms and thus impacted the new space industry both globally and locally.

Amnon Ginati
Head of Telecommunication and Integrated Applications at the European Space Agency

Prof. Ginati is currently the Head of Telecommunication and Integrated Applications at the European Space Agency. He joined the European Space Agency (ESA, ESTEC) in 2000 as Head of the Earth Observation Future Programmes Department. He was in charge of the EO future programmes, Earth science Explorer missions, Earth applications missions’ preparation  and Earth Observation instruments pre-development for future missions. Thereafter, he was special adviser to ESA Director General, Head of the Inter Directorate Taskforce responsible for the initiation and development of the Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) programme. 

Event Judges

Chad Anderson
Managing Director at Space Angels Network

As Managing Director of Space Angels Network, Chad has facilitated millions in private investments from privately-built spaceplanes to in-space robotics. Under Chad’s leadership the network has grown from 20 to over 50 investor members, in nine countries, on four continents. Chad comes from a business background and enjoyed a successful career at JP Morgan Chase where he managed a $50 billion real estate portfolio through the Great Recession. He was also previously an aviation entrepreneur and Business Advisor to a space robotics company. Chad is a prominent advocate of the emerging private space industry with numerous public speaking engagements, interviews, and papers on the subject, including publications in Space Policy Journal, the first-ever market assessment for commercial lunar services, and the economic case for a UK spaceport. Chad has been based in London for the past few years after earning his MBA from the University of Oxford.

Christoph Backes
Managing Director at U-institut

Christoph Backes is an economist, consultant and theater actor. He is the Managing Director of U-institut and was the founding Executive Director of the GründerZentrum Kulturwirtschaft (Business Incubator Cultural Industries) Aachen. Since 2008, he has been acting as an advisor for the Initiative Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft der Bundesregierung (Initiative Culture and Creative Economy of the Federal Government) and the Kompetenzzentrum Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft des Bundes (National Competence Center Cultural and Creative Industries). As a consultant. He is a lecturer at various universities in Germany and Switzerland, and author of several studies and reports in the subject area of cultural and the arts. Christoph Backes was the marketing director of the 1st RuhrTriennale (Festival of the Arts) and a lighting designer with performer Tim Fischer. 

Sebastian Erler
Investment Manager at nordwest Kaptial

Sebastian Erler is an authorised representative of nordwest Kapital, nwk, the private equity division of Die Sparkasse Bremen. nwk seeks minority investments in unlisted small and medium-sized businesses in the growth and maturity stage and provides mezzanine capital. In his function as investment manager, he contributed to more than 40 private equity transactions in various industries, including aviation. He holds a diploma degree in business administration and engineering from University of Applied Sciences Bremen as well as an Executive MBA in Mergers & Acquistions from Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. He is furthermore a visiting lecturer at University of Applied Sciences Bremen in the field of reporting, planning and entrepreneurship.

Robert Bush Jr.
Founder and CEO of Majlis Partners GmbH

Robert Bush Jr. is CEO of Majlis Capital, a merchant bank and financial advisory firm focused on facilitating investments and strategic partnerships between international companies and Middle East-based firms, primarily in the oil and gas, utilities, financial services, commodities, real estate and retail industries. Bush has more than 18 years of experience in investment banking, venture capital, hedge funds, private equity and Islamic finance. He has served as acting chief investment officer of Forsa, a women-only investment company owned by Dubai World that focuses on investing in real estate and small to medium-sized companies in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. Bush was recently a founding managing director of Istithmar PJSC, a private equity and alternative investment company owned by the government of Dubai. A USA National 7s' All-Star Rugby player, Bush received a bachelor's degree from Amherst College, where he was president of the student body. He attended the master's program at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and received a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Thomas Tanghe
Associate at SpaceTec Capital Partners GmbH

Thomas Tanghe is an Associate for SpaceTec Capital Partners, an advisory firm working with European institutions on high-tech strategies and providing start-up coaching on business development and internationalisation through its global network. SpaceTec is an accredited coaching partner from leading seed funds like Hightech-Gründerfonds and BayernKapital. Thomas’ expertise in innovative financing instruments for space ventures includes crowdfunding and other early-stage capital. Prior, he worked for the European Space Agency in the Industrial Policy Division at the research centre ESA ESTEC and the Policy Department at ESA HQ. Thomas started his consulting career as a Business Analyst for Deloitte Consulting. He has a Masters in General Management and a Masters in Industrial Engineering.

Manfred Jaumann
Head of Operations Engineering and Services at Airbus Defence & Space

Manfred Jaumann is currently Head of Operations Engineering & Services at Airbus Defence & Space, Business Line Space Systems in Bremen, Germany. Manfred has been with the Airbus Group since 1991, where he has held many positions at several locations and business sectors throughout Europe. Some of his many experiences include Head of Engineering Services, Head of Site Relations & New Projects, Head of International Affairs, and Head of Marketing with Airbus Defence & Space, Business Line Space Systems (formerly Astrium Space Transportation). He also has experience as the CEO of BEOS GmbH and Head of Offset Directorate at DASA Headquarters. Manfred received his Master’s Degree in Air and Space Technology from the University of German Armed Forces Munich. He also received a diploma in Industrial Engineering and International Marketing from AKAD University. Manfred’s other experiences include serving in the German Armed Forces. He was a Captain in the German Air Force where he received an officer education in Surface-to-Air Missile systems such as HAWK and PATRIOT. As a director in the leading European aerospace company, he is one of the leaders who will be driving change in the European space sector to usher in a new era where innovation and agility are key to maintaining our competiveness in the international market.

Coaches and Mentors

Claudia Kessler
CEO of HE Space

Claudia Kessler is the CEO of HE Space and one of the few female leaders in the space business. Qualified as an aerospace engineer with MBA, Claudia Kessler has worked for more than 20 years in the international space environment. Claudia Kessler is co-founder of WIA Europe and she is supporting female high flyers in their career development. She is a member of the IAA and a vice president of DGLR. 

Lesley Jane Smith
Solicitor and Partner of Weber-Steinhaus & Smith

Professor Dr. Lesley Jane Smith has extensive professional and academic contacts to the main law schools and universities focusing on international space law across Asia, Europe and the Americas. Her own research interests in space law cover the areas of liability for commercial space activities and related issues of space debris, commercial issues of industrial and agency procurement, as well as regulatory aspects of GNSS and intellectual property issues relating to outer space activities. She has published widely on an extensive range of space-related legal questions and co-authored studies for the Academy, currently co-chairing a study group on cosmic debris. Lesley Jane latterly contributed to all three volumes of the Cologne Commentary on Space Law (CoCoSL), where she is the lead author on all aspects of liability for space activities and legal issues of Earth observation. Lesley Jane became a member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) in 2003, and was appointed as Board member at the Naples AGM in 2012. She became a corresponding member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) in 2010. She is a longstanding member of the European Center of Space Law (ECSL), which is hosted by ESA. In 2012 Lesley Jane was appointed Board member of the European section of Women in Aerospace (WIA-E).

Stefan Schmidt
Business Model Generation Coach at European Space Agency Business Incubation Center Noordwijk

Stefan has joined the Commercial Space Project Group at the Space Generation Advisory Council last year and is conducting the CSPG research study for spin-off and spin-in business models with respect to space commercialization. He has gained first-hand experience in spin-off and spin-in technology transfer working recently for an ESA Business Incubation Alumni and prior for Airbus Defence and Space. Besides that he has also founded a business model course for SBIC to support current ESA BIC incubatees. 

Conor O'Sullivan
Business Innovation Manager at Satellite Applications Catapult

Conor manages the business modelling team at the Satellite Applications Catapult, a UK organisation helping to promote space startups and entrepreneurs and assisting in commercialising space technologies. Conor holds a First Class Honours degree in Business and Economics from the University of Dublin, Trinity College and an MBA from the University of Oxford. During his time at Oxford he led the research effort into a comprehensive consulting report on the business case for a spaceport in the UK. Prior to his post-graduate studies, Conor spent five years in the banking industry as a sales trader in the foreign exchange departments of two global investment banks. He is passionate about the space and aviation industries and how NewSpace ventures are disrupting existing markets, and building new opportunities for entrepreneurs. 

Katherine Pegg
Project Manager of Advanced Projects at Airbus Defence & Space

Katherine Pegg, Project Manager of Advanced Projects at Airbus DS in Bremen, manages a portfolio of human spaceflight, on-orbit servicing and debris removal projects. In this role, she has one foot in the engineering arena and the other in business development, proposing and developing new projects. Over the past year, she has worked on MPCV-ESM future missions, e.deorbit, the DLR EML2 Free Flyer study, and has developed innovative human spaceflight technologies, infrastructures and business strategies. She is also managing a number of her own proposed technical innovation and business intrapreneurship projects.

Krzysztof Kanawka
Blue Dot Solutions

Krzysztof Kanawka comes from Poland, but during the last 10 years he has lived and studied in Germany, UK, France and Norway before coming back to Poland. After 11 years in academia he decided to move to the business sector in the space industry. The first company, called, was started as a Ltd. entity in 2012. This company quickly found its niche in the engineering/business consulting field. The company has also been creating its own downstream applications, utilising data from satellite navigation and Earth Observation. In 2014 the company experienced a boost due to funds from an investment fund, as one of the first Polish commercial entities in the space sector. The company, now called Blue Dot Solutions Ltd., manages several European Space Agency and Horizon 2020 portfolios as well as portfolios for commercial partners.

Agata Kukwa
Co-Founder & Communications Lead @

Multi skilled entrepreneur, talented in communications, former non-exec director, startup mentor & public speaker. Since 2011 she helped over 30 early stage brands to enter the market or improve their online performance. She gained experience on venture capital market as a non-exec. communication director in one of the biggest Polish capital funds, Black Pearls VC. She also worked as an online personal brander improving professional image of managers and scientists. Currently cofounder and Communications Leader in, an online magazine covering tech & business news.

Christoph Brosius
Managing Director at Die Hobrechts GmbH

As a advertising and marketing professional with experience in the TV, film and game industries, Christoph co-founded the Game Thinking agency, Die Hobrechts, in Berlin in 2011, focusing on gamification for business, governmental and non-profit clients. Since 2009 he has been working as an instructor for Agile Software Development, Project Management, Interactive Media, Game Design and Game Thinking at various public and private universities. While also consulting entrepreneurs in the creative economies on business models, product development and marketing strategies, he facilitates national and international creative workshops and conferences.

Weston Hankins
Co-Founder of WunderAgent

Weston is passionate about disrupting the status quo in large industries and using technology to transform the way we interact with each other. With experiences as diverse as programming for DaimlerChrysler and Microsoft, paving the way for the global sharing economy with CouchSurfing, or his recent interest in space, there’s a broad range of topics to approach him on. Weston is currently co-founder of WunderAgent, a solution for property owners, and of Jetty, an iOS app for events, as well as strategic partnership coordinator (Europe) for the Space Generation Advisory Council and long-time mentor at diverse startup accelerators in Berlin.

Francis Heckman
Group Manager, Sales Assistant at Commerzbank AG

Francis is a 34-year-old American citizen who was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany. He has been banker for more than 15 years, including 8 years as a bank manager. He is competent in business administration and banking business, as well as personnel management. Francis believes that not being trapped by strong conservatism and political frame-works are the most important endeavor of national economies to always keep at least one step ahead of the others, and to simply improve the world.

Helene Huby
Head of Transversal Innovation at Airbus Defence and Space

Helene is Head of Transversal Innovation at Airbus Defence & Space where she takes care of fostering innovation within the company. Before she worked in Paris, France and Hamburg, Germany for FABERNOVEL, a French seed-investment and an innovation consulting company specialized in the digital industry. She began her carrier in Brussels, Belgium within the media sector.

Chiara Manfletti
Project Manager and Team Leader at DLR

Chiara currently holds multiple positions within the German Aerospace Center (DLR).  She is the Project Manager for Expertise Raumfahrtsysteme (X-TRAS) task force connecting a multidisciplinary team across DLR with the aim to develop innovative new space transportation systems. She is also the Engine Transients Group Leader at Lampholdshausen.  In addition to these positions, Chiara serves as a Technical Assistant for ESA’s Future Launcher Preparatory Program (FLPP) with a focus on the Ariane 6 launcher. Her technical experience encompasses laser ignition; fluid flow systems; propellant management; engine behavior, modelling design and testing; mission and trajectory analysis; and launch vehicle design. As a leader in the area of launch vehicles, she is driving the German research division to collaborate and innovate to maintain competitiveness in the commercial launch sector and to enable an exciting future in which space activities are commonplace. Chiara holds a Doctorate in Engineering from RWTH Aachen University and is currently pursuing a second PhD at the University of Stuttgart in astrophysics. She also has a Masters in Space Studies from the International Space University and a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine in London, England.

Roland Gabrielli
Doctoral Candidate at the Institute of Space Systems at the University of Stuttgart

Roland is a doctoral student at the Institute of Space Systems of the University of Stuttgart. As a member of the Plasma Wind Tunnels and Electric Propulsion Group, he investigates Fusion and Electric Propulsion by the means of system analysis and modelling. His approach is currently being adapted for the study of more general systems encompassing Space Power Provision and Thermal Control. As a part time occupation, he works as a consultant for the small Esslingen based tech think tank and service startup Concept Evolutions. The small enterprise is dedicated to spinning off Space technology for terrestrial and green applications, and to the development of disruptive concepts. Roland has studied aerospace engineering at the University of Stuttgart and at the Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et Espace (SupAero), Toulouse.

Pau Mallol
CEO of Inkonova AB

Pau Mallol is the CEO of Inkonova AB, a Sweden-based company that specializes on Additive Manufacturing or 3D Printing, also referred to as 3DP. The company acts partly as a consulting firm and focuses on the development of 3D printed products with polymeric and metallic materials. Recently, Inkonova has also entered in the multicopters, a type of UAS/UAV/drone, development area with their first 3D printed product: a quadcopter racer with tilting arms made of carbon fiber blend and other exotic 3DP materials. Pau has a BSc in Mechanics, MSc in Aerospace engineering, space track, and Licentiate degree in deployable space structures for small satellites from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH, Sweden). In addition to his education Pau has experience as entrepreneur with two different companies since 2011.

Tanay Sharma
University of Sussex

Dr. Tanay Sharma (Tan) currently works as a Systems Administrator and is based at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. He previously conducted technical research and sales in London, where he focused on providing bespoke and off-the-shelf solutions to commercial airlines based within the EMEA region.  Tanay has an undergraduate degree in computer systems engineering and a PhD in space systems, where he focused the use of magnetic levitation and propulsion technologies to enable horizontal take-off and landing for commercial space vehicles. His research has focused on key issues related to the future growth of the aerospace domain. His research interests span from space situational awareness, use of satellite technology for disaster mitigation and management to international and domestic policy issues that directly affect the space sector.

Silje Bareksten
Head of Smart City at Oslo Business Region

Silje has in recent years worked with commercialization of technology and cutting edge research from the science and technology environments at the University of Oslo and Oslo University Hospital. In addition to working with entrepreneurship, collaboration strategies and innovation management in the public sector, Silje has worked at the knowledge transfer group at CERN in Geneva, and spent time in Montreal in Canada doing a post graduate program in space technology studies. She even tried out a few startup ventures that never gave glory or fame, but strength and priceless experience. Silje has a BSc in Marketing from BI, and an MSc in Entrepreneurship from NTNU.

Stephan Schöning
Research Assistant at the University of Lüneburg

Stephan Schöning is currently studying business administration on a postgraduate level at the University of Hamburg. Ever since his undergraduate studies he has been interested and involved in space related commercial activities and legal policy making. He has completed various internships in the aeronautic industry, the last one being with Lufthansa Technik in Shenzhen China, where his tasks included various procedural optimizations in view of export control compliance policies. As a former participant of the Manfred Lachs Moot Court, he is now an active research assistant at the University of Lüneburg and his primary interests lie at the interface of legal and business related topics in the space industry.

Olga Batura
Research Assistant at Leuphana University in Lüneburg

Olga specialises in international and European economic law. Her major research focus is on regulation of telecommunications, transnational trade in services and competition law. Olga studied in Minsk (Belarus), Bremen and Hamburg and defended her PhD thesis on regulation of universal service provision in 2013 at the University of Bremen. She is an associate professor for European law at the European Humanities University in Vilnius (Lithuania) and a research assistant at the Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany.

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Adrian Pica
Product Manager

Adrian is a veteran Startup Weekend Facilitator. He founded, a news/media outlet that covers tech and startups in the CEE region that he later sold to an American media group.
Previously he also co-founded Oblico, a location based networking app for events and conferences, a project that came out of a Startup Weekend, was part of the TechPeaks accelerator and received a grant from Telecom Italia.
 Currently he's creating awesome stuff as Product Manager at Telenav INC. Adrian is a lean startup fan and experienced in pitch training and public speaking. You can reach him anytime on FB. He has one of the biggest collections of Startup Weekend T-shirts.

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